Why Zach Ertz Caught Just One Pass vs. Washington

Zach Ertz. (USA Today Sports)

Zach Ertz. (USA Today Sports)

Carson Wentz only threw the ball 21 times in the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to Washington, but when you have a tight end you agreed to pay a reported $42.5 million over five years just nine months prior, you’d expect him to produce more than Zach Ertz did on Sunday.

Ertz recorded just one catch (his worst mark since Week 13 of 2014) for 22 yards on three targets (his lowest total since Week 4 of 2015) as the Birds struggled to get one of the main focal points of their offense involved.

“There were plays where Carson, based on the progression and the read, could have thrown him the ball a couple of times,” Doug Pederson said. “You’ve got one football and we ask Carson to go through his reads. If (Ertz) is the guy, he’s the guy. But (Ertz) is a big part of the offense and we’ve got to continue and I’ve got to continue with [offensive coordinator] Frank [Reich] and the guys to still figure out and find ways to get him open and get him the ball.” Read more »

Zach Ertz Cleared For Eagles-Lions Game

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

The story of Wally Pipp serves as a cautionary tale professional athletes still think about more than 90 years after it happened, but for Zach Ertz, he no longer has to be concerned about potentially losing his job as Pipp did to Lou Gehrig after missing a baseball game one day in 1925.

Ertz missed the Eagles’ last two games due to a displaced rib he suffered in Week 1, but he was cleared today to play against the Lions in Detroit this week.

“Honestly, every day not being out there at practice, not being at the games killed me,” Ertz said. “Not being able to even travel to Chicago killed me. It was very tough. It’s very eye-opening. Everyone knows the story about Wally Pipp. I don’t think that was going to happen, but at the same time, everyone understands the possibility across the league.” Read more »

Eagles-Steelers Inactives: Two Starters Out

(Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

(Photo by: Jeff Fusco)

The following Eagles will be inactive for their game against the Steelers today: Josh AndrewsZach ErtzDillon GordonLeodis McKelvinIsaac SeumaloBryce Treggs and Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Read more »

Zach Ertz, Two Others Out For Eagles-Steelers

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz (rib), Leodis McKelvin (hamstring) and Isaac Seumalo (pectoral) are out for the Eagles’ game against the Steelers on Sunday. However, Doug Pederson added that all three players are expected to be available for the Birds after the bye week following the Steelers game. Mychal Kendricks, (nose, quad) meanwhile, will be “good to go” this week. Read more »

Zach Ertz, Leodis McKelvin Uncertain For Week 2

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Leodis McKelvin. (Jeff Fusco)

Zach Ertz and Leodis McKelvin will not practice Thursday, but they haven’t been ruled out for the Eagles’ game Monday night against the Bears, according to Doug Pederson. Everyone else on the 53-man roster will practice, including Trey Burton, who didn’t play against the Browns because of a calf injury.

If Burton takes Ertz’s spot in Chicago, Pederson noted the game plan will not change “at all.” The Eagles’ head coach added that he had a plan to get Burton involved against Cleveland if he would’ve played. Ertz, meanwhile, is still battling a displaced rib below his left collarbone that he injured in the first quarter on Sunday.

“He’s progressed well. He’s feeling better. We just can’t risk putting him back out there right now with any kind of contact on that shoulder,” Pederson said. “This rib is just displaced about seven millimeters. It just has to work itself back together, tighten whatever is up in there.” Read more »

Carson Wentz Will Have A ‘Memorable’ Debut

Fletcher Cox and Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox and Carson Wentz. (Jeff Fusco)

In this week’s installment of Weekend Reading, let’s take a look at some of the best Eagles stories on the internet before the Birds take on the Browns on Sunday.

But first, the Eagles re-signed linebacker Najee Goode, bringing the team back to the maximum of 53 players:

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